Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Redo on the Bathroom Downstairs

This is what the bathroom downstairs looked like
this morning when I left for work.

And this is how it looked when I got home.

New vanity top and faucets.

And a new light...

The side rails to the deck have been torn off and
new ones up. The vanity in the big bathroom was
changed out along with the faucets.
Now this bathroom.....

Tomorrow a friend is coming over to pressure
wash my deck...thanks Phil.

What shall I get done next. Thinking of painting
my kitchen counter tops. I have seen that
done and they are amazing.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

The End of the Deck

This is what the far end of my deck just
30 minutes ago....

This is that same end of the deck now.

Took an old window and repainted it.
Hung by a chain.

The laterns were given to me
by my oldest brother. Thinking
I might paint them black...
along with the table and chairs.

He is a close up of the latern. I have
taken the tops off two solar lamps
and put them in there. Just hoping that
they get enough light like this....hard to
tell since there is a crete myrtle bush
that hangs over this area.

Now....need to rent a pressure washer and
clean the deck really well..

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Lock and Dam

Caleb (oldest grandson) and I went to the lake
yesterday. He had some new binoculars he wanted to
play with that his Great Uncle Ray got for him.

We ended up at the Lock and Dam just has a barge
was coming down and about to enter the
Great time for Nana to take pics as Caleb
looks through his binoculars.

The workers are keeping the barge from hitting the wall.

Caleb and I called this guy on top the
"Gate Keeper"!

Thought this made a great pic
of the herron and the flag. Couldn't work
better unless it was an Eagle and the flag!

Here is the barge being pushed into the lock.
Reminds me of when I went down the Panama
Canal...so cool, only I was on that barge....
I mean boat!

The cargo was a bit large so the last
part of the barge, next to the boat pushing it
had to be removed and pulled back out.

And the doors started to close.

All closed up.

While watching the barge Caleb switched out
from the binoculars to my other camera, the D40.
Teaching him to be a photographer.

Later we went to the other side of the dam and
Caleb actually took pics with my D200.

Check out what he caught.

Pretty good photographer.

Nice catch Caleb.

We had a great time.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Little Plant Pals

I have borrowed these ideas from
And I just happened to have some rocks.

So now I have some Plant Pals for
my potted plants.

Reminds me of Pet Rocks.....lol....
only mine have something painted on them.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012


Sunday I finally made it into my craftroom ......


It was past due.
Funny how you can find things when
all is put up and clean!

So since it was clean I threw a
few things together.

Goodwill black wire basket and a
Goodwill wooden candle holder painted
black. The basket had a hint of silver in
it so I added the hint of silver to the candle

More Goodwill purchases....
A globe and a small lamp base.
Make a great candle holder.

And next....a wooden three tier candle
holder (Goodwill) with 3 Goodwill
white cups. Great for putting sugar packets in
on the table or even candles.

Simple projects but it felt good to get in there
and do something.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Visit

Cory and Britney were scheduled to fly out yesterday
evening (7/11/12) to go back home to San Diego.
One flight was pushed back which made it impossible
for them to catch their connecting flight so they
were able to spend another night with me!

Here is a pic of my oldest grandson, Caleb with
his unlce Cory.

And Caleb snapped this shot for me or Cory and I.

This morning, the morning of the flight we swung
by where my daughter works so she could
see her brother before they left. Before this trip they had not seen
each other in 3 yrs since she was unable to make the
wedding last yr.

My Children.

Saying goodbye.

For me the hardest part of it all is the goodbyes.
They should be boarding their flight RIGHT
now. Its a five hour flight with an hour layover.

I know they will be glad to get home to their dogs and
cat.....but I already miss my son.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cory's Birthday and Visit

A year ago this past May my son, my baby, got
married. Cory lives in California, in the city
limits of San Diego. He went out there in January 2007.

I went out in May last year for Cory's wedding
and to photograph that event and what
a beautiful wedding it was.

So after a year and 1.5 months, I was able
to see Cory again. Him and my daughter
in law came to TN. for a visit.

Meet Cory holding his nephew Braden.

Braden was still a bit unsure. Cory and Britney were
going to be staying at Cory's dad's house but he came
right over after getting off the plane and visited a couple
of hours.

This is my pretty daughter in law, Britney.
Britney was born and has lived her whole
life in San Diego.

Braden is still a little unsure!


They flew in on Wed. evening but on Sunday morning
they came back to my house. I was so glad that we were
able to celebrate Cory's b-day on Sunday the 8th, cause
that was his actual birthday.....and he turned 25.

He loves Star Wars so I made him a Star Wars cake.

We had a cookout at my best friends house, Barb and
Phil. Thanks for the loan of your place (mine is just
not big enough for more then a few people)...

Invited to the event was Chris and his girlfriend.
Chris was born in Aug. 1987 and Cory was
born the month before in July. Chris is Barb and Phil's
youngest son and one of Cory's best friends.

And this is Justin. Chris' cousin and also a good friend
of Cory's.

And this young lady is Jenny, she and Justin are
a couple.

And this is my beautiful daughter, Amber

Amber's youngest son, Braden.

Amber's middle child, DJ

And this is the oldest, Caleb.

We had grilled burgers and hotdogs, baked beans,
pasta salad, chips and dip and cake.

Cory's reaction to having Happy Birthday sang
to him.

After the song...

The next day Cory, Britney and I went
to the Farmers Market.

Reason to venture to the Market was for Britney to
to pick up hot sauce that is made in TN. for her
father and some for her. They both love hot sauce
and collect bottles from other places.

Beautiful colors at the Market.

Cory is an animal lover and he was
so determined that the KING (my dog, who
dislikes everyone)  and he would become
friends......he did a great job.


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